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jo·vi·al

jovial

 
 
pronunciation:
jo vi l
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part of speech: adjective
definition: very cheerful, friendly, and merry; jolly.
His jovial way won him many friends.
synonyms:
jolly, merry
antonyms:
gloomy
similar words:
buoyant, cheerful, festive, friendly, gay, happy, lighthearted, lively
derivations: jovially (adv.), joviality (n.)
Word History
Jovial comes from the name of the king of the Roman gods, Jupiter. Jupiter was also called "Jove." He was believed to be the source of joy and happiness.
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